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Google Defeats Worldwide Site Blocking Order in US Court

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Google has won its case against Canadian company Equustek Solutions. The search engine is not required to block content worldwide based on a Canadian Supreme Court hearing, a California Federal Court has affirmed. An important ruling for Google, which argued that freedom of speech was at stake.

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Canadian Government Triggers Major Copyright Review

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The House of Commons has triggered a parliamentary review of Canada’s Copyright Act, to be conducted by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. The music industry was quick to weigh in, congratulating government ministers and making it known that the so-called Value Gap, which concerns copyright takedown regimes and artist remuneration, will be high on the agenda.

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ISPs and Movie Industry Prepare Canadian Pirate Site Blocking Deal

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A coalition of Canadian ISPs and movie industry companies is preparing a deal to block pirate sites without a court order. The plan, which will be submitted to the telecom regulator CRTC later this month, is the first of its kind in North America. While major ISPs are on board, the Government’s response has been rather reserved.

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US Court Disarms Canada’s Global Site Blocking Order Against Google

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A federal court in California has rendered an order from the Supreme Court of Canada unenforceable. The order in question required Google to remove a company’s websites from search results globally, not just in Canada. This ruling violates US law and puts free speech at risk, the California court found.

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Canadian ISP Bell Calls For Pirate Site Blacklist in NAFTA Hearing

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In order to make the NAFTA trade agreement ”work better”, Bell, Canada’s largest telecommunications company, is recommending that the Government commits to stronger intellectual property enforcement. The company envisions a system where all ISPs are required to block access to pirate sites, without court intervention.

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